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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Ring around the flowers, SMA México

On our morning stroll to breakfast within San Miguel de Allende‘s “Centro”, this stand of large paper flowers for sale appeared at the (northwest) corner of Calle Canal and Calle del Dr. Ignacio Hernández Macías. It’s almost picture-perfect, but it’s no surprise I’m recalling a similar motif by renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson at a Japanese funeral in 1965.

In 2008, UNESCO recognized the town as World Heritage Site, which is about three to four hours (one-way) with bus or car from México City.

I made the photo with the Canon 450D and 18-55 IS kit-lens on 4 March 2012 during my year-long RTW. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8BG.

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

Plugging 20 UNESCO Heritage Sites Around the World

Since 1995, I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel: first as green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

I’ve written about 5 UNESCO sites in Germany and there’s more to come. Meanwhile, here below are a list and short descriptions of 20 additional UNESCO WHS from around the globe:

  1. Australia: Blue Mountains (Katoomba)
  2. Australia: Fremantle Prison
  3. Australia: Sydney Opera House
  4. Argentina: Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park
  5. Brazil: Iguaçu Falls, Iguaçu National Park
  6. Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves (Curitiba)
  7. China: Historic Centre of Macao
  8. Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Prague
  9. Czech Republic: Kutná Hora
  10. Denmark: Kronborg Castle (Helsingør)
  11. France: Historic Site of Lyons
  12. Italy: Cinque Terre
  13. México: Historic Centre of México City
  14. México: San Miguel de Allende
  15. New Zealand: Te Wāhipounamu (South Island)
  16. Spain: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín (Granada)
  17. Spain: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville
  18. Sweden: Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm)
  19. United Kingdom: Old & New Towns of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  20. USA: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island)

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Something about the city breathes colour and magic.

Wide open plazas, yet compact feel for the town.

Cobblestone streets, the narrow sidewalks.

The vibrant colours of the buildings in the style of Mexican baroque.

Art, lots of it – which would fit in Mexico City just as well as New York City.

Cozy bars and restaurants of all kinds : our excellent finds include great spicy Thai at Venus Lounge, breakfast (and an expat centre?) at Juan’s Cafe, Sri Lankan at Dila’s, German and Belgian beer at Berlin Bar & Bistro.

The rich and the poor, the backpacker, and the nouveau riche. Really riche.

The sounds of spoken English heard frequently around town …

What may be unusual is the number of retirees from Canada, USA, Europe, and Mexico City, mixed with and yet separated from local residents. What’s definitely unusual is the real estate for which some places reach seven figures in sticker price. As my friend wisely suggested: rent an apartment in Manhattan, but buy a winter house here in town.

Born in this town, Ignacio Allende helped to shape the independence movement from Spanish colonial rule to create the United States of Mexico. For its historical and architectural significance, the town was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008.


San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Calle Umaran by morning light

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

We buy gold

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Calle Umaran by morning light

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Posada de las Monjas (Inn of nuns)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Packing and mailing

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Vivoli Cafe

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Casa Linda … how true …

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Dusk at Jardín Principal, west

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Dusk light over the Cathedral : Jardín Principal, south

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Dusk light at Jardín Principal, northwest

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Plaza Colonial, Calle Canal

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Light fixture, Conde de la Canal

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Flowers in, people out (Esquina de Calle Canal y Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Templo de la Inmaculada Concepcion

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Juan’s Cafe

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Calle Relox y Calle Insurgentes

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Anachronism or necessity?

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Crepe, Calle Hospicio

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Balcony

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Calle Quadrante

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Calle Cuna de Allende

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Front

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Tu y yo (you and me)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Cruz del Pueblo

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Santa Escuela de Cristo (Templo de San Rafael)

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Jardín Principal, at night

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Swans in performance, Jardín Principal

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Night falls on Calle Correo

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Berlin Bar & Bistro

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Calle Umaran at night


San Miguel de Allende can be reached by car or bus in about three to four hours travel-time northwest from Mexico City.

I made the photos between 3 and 5 March 2012 inclusive. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-1wL.

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